Politics, the Finnish language and environmental studies

Since one’s brain capacity tends to decrease as one grows older, one needs to prioritize how to use what’s left of it. Or at least that’s the case with me.

There are a few crucial subjects you should have a firm grasp on. When I was young, I was fairly sure you need (more) information to succeed. Nowadays I’ve learned to cross a thing or two off that vast list.

Firstly I got rid of sports – spectator sports, that is. I’ve never been in a situation where I needed to know the score of a game from decades ago or who won in which event.

Since then I’ve gradually lost bits and pieces of information but there are a few subjects and skills I’m never letting go. I even intend to improve upon them. I listed them in the title of this post.

But let’s leave politics and writing skills alone for now and focus solely on the environment studies. Biology, being ecological, knowing different species and being aware of your surroundings, chemistry and physics. Broadly speaking this also includes geography, health subjects and culture.

Right now I’m revisiting recognizing plants and animals. And astronomy, sort of. I noticed that after 20 years of not picking up flowers, you don’t remember their names quite as well. But the ground work is done and all I need to do now is remind myself. And frankly speaking, the last time I dehydrated plants (a subject I even own books about), my kid was in primary school. Yes, I’ve heard of this new thing called ”the internet” but it just doesn’t cut it, unless I want to learn what different birds sound like.

I won’t call myself middle-aged just yet. Not until I realize that I’ve forgotten the information I need in my daily life. Kids, stay in school. I never questioned the things I was taught in school – I never shouted ”I’m never gonna need this for anything!” because I knew I was going to. And if you skipped everything back then, nothing’s ever going to be just at the tip of your tongue.

There’s nothing quite as annoying as seeing a common Finnish bird and not being able to tell what kind it is.

~ Anne

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